Crowd-pleasing potato skins

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Potato skins are an appetizer few can resist. What’s not to love about crispy potatoes, melty cheese and crunchy bacon?!

Potato skins are an appetizer few can resist. What’s not to love about crispy potatoes, melty cheese and crunchy bacon?!

Perfect for holiday entertaining, home cook Melissa Sperka created an elegant update to this classic app. Nested Potato Skins will please the kids, impress the adults, and be gone before you know it!

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3 c grated russet potatoes

2 beaten egg whites

3/4 c shredded Parmesan

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 c shredded colby jack cheese

16 oz sour cream

5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 c chopped fresh chives or parsley

freshly ground pepper

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. Grate potatoes and blot with paper towel to remove excess moisture; don’t rinse.
  • Mix together potatoes, egg whites, Parmesan and seasonings. Scoop 1/4-cup of potato mixture into each muffin cup and press firmly onto bottom and up sides.Spray each nest with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and run an off set spatula or knife carefully around edges to loosen. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. To assemble, sprinkle each nest with shredded colby jack cheese, pipe in sour cream, sprinkle with bacon and garnish with chopped chives. Serve warm.

Note: As a time saver, frozen hash browns, thawed, may be used.

Submitted by: Melissa Sperka, Greensboro, NC (pop. 269,666) www.justapinch.com/nested